to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
to act as an advocate: a father who advocates for his disabled child.
a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of): an advocate of peace.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
- ad·vo·ca·tive, adjective
- ad·vo·ca·tor, noun
- non·ad·vo·cate, noun
- pre·ad·vo·cate, noun
- pre·ad·vo·cate, verb (used with object), pre·ad·vo·cat·ed, pre·ad·vo·cat·ing.
- re·ad·vo·cate, verb (used with object), re·ad·vo·cat·ed, re·ad·vo·cat·ing.
- sub·ad·vo·cate, noun
- un·ad·vo·cat·ed, adjective
- well-ad·vo·cat·ed, adjective
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How to use advocate in a sentence
Ultimately, 2015 might be the year American anti-LGBT advocates wish they could skip.
Privacy advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation say everyone should use it.
He advocates a secular regime with a total separation of religion form the government.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many advocates want those changed, adjusted, or bolstered, and the only way to do that is to open up the bill and reauthorize it.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block | Monica Potts | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The “one in five” statistic is frequently cited by advocates of sexual assault awareness.
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes, manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
It appears to be the opinion of the advocates of apparitions that naughty ghosts have cold hands.Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts | George Cruikshank
The advocates selected were men of family, and thoroughly acquainted with their views, but not agreeable to Sidney.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
It is the favourite retreat of such advocates as have made fortunes in their profession.
And before we proceed further let us get rid of the intellectual fog which envelops and shelters the advocates of Socialism.The Inhumanity of Socialism | Edward F. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for advocate
(tr; may take a clause as object) to support or recommend publicly; plead for or speak in favour of
- advocatory, adjective
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